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I am an artful duck,
food off the ground I pluck,
in order I am stuck,
this city's air does suck.

Where do I live?

Hint:

I am not using the most up-to-date spelling.

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  • $\begingroup$ Kinda broad... this can refer to a lot of cities $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2018 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ I can see a lot of answers coming in here .... $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2018 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ @North yeah point taken... tried to keep it as brief as possible, but there's always the problem of introducing false positives in the process $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know why Donald Trump popped into my mind on reading this. $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ @prog_SAHIL Seems like a legit thought process. Duck -> Donald -> ... $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:29

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Do you live in

Beijing?

I am an artful duck

Peking duck, originally from Beijing

Food off the ground I pluck,

Ducks peck food off the ground

In order I am stuck,

Pecking order

This city's air does suck.

Beijing is known for poor air quality

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    $\begingroup$ Oooh this was my second guess, I was debating between this and mine...good luck! :D (+1) $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe I've edited my answer, what do you think? :) $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:24
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    $\begingroup$ @casey, maybe the third line refers to ROT13(Orvwvatf ybat genssvp wnzf) $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:26
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    $\begingroup$ @jafe Rot13 => vf vg cvpxvat? Vafgrnq bs cyhpx vf vg cvpx fb gung gur arkg "va" cynlf jvgu vg gb znxr cvpxva juvpu fbhaqf yvxr crxvat? $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Aug 29, 2018 at 6:23
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    $\begingroup$ @casey ding ding ding, we have a winner! :P $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 30, 2018 at 11:28
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Do you live in

New York City?

I am an artful duck,

A pigeon (they prefer rock dove).

food off the ground I pluck,

And there's a lot on the ground in NYC and pigeons everywhere.

in order I am stuck,

Stuck in traffic, stuck in the concrete jungle...?

this city's air does suck.

Although not as bad as some places, NYC doesn't have the best air quality.

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    $\begingroup$ Flip, you beat me to it :( Tears and sadness and a +1 $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2018 at 19:11
  • $\begingroup$ Close one, don't think I beat you by much! $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ Time to binge eat animal crackers and watch The Notebook .... $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2018 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ That's too far.....when I first watched it, I thought it was a rom-com.....tl;dr it was not :'(( $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Aug 24, 2018 at 19:30
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Credits to Casey's answer and the comments that followed. I just integrated the answer. So tell me if I shouldn't do this :)

The answer is

Peking

I am an artful duck,

Yes Peking duck is a dish from Peking ( Now known as Beijing)

food off the ground I pluck,

Ducks do feed off the ground "Plucking" food off it.

in order I am stuck,

Credit to prog_sahil and casey again. This refers to the traffic jams in beijing which are well known.

this city's air does suck.

Air pollution, lots of smog and so on.

And finally the hint

Peking was formally romanized as Peking. The hint does say that it does not use the most up-to date spelling. The old Kanji read Peking and the new kanji reads beijing so technically it's an old spelling of the same name

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  • $\begingroup$ It also matches the wordplay! $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:45
  • $\begingroup$ This was very close as well! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 30, 2018 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ Oof! So close!! Oh well, will do better next time $\endgroup$
    – R.D
    Aug 30, 2018 at 11:33

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